Saudi Arabia deports foreign workers with STDs

Posted Nov 15, 2011 by Katerina Nikolas
Saudi authorities announced that they have deported 78 male foreign workers who were infected with contagious sexually transmitted diseases.
A man has blood taken for HIV/AIDS testing.
A man has blood taken for HIV/AIDS testing.
The foreign nationals were all male and their condition was detected by the Saudi Department of Health that tested 23,000 foreign workers that flocked to Saudi for work in Makkah during Haj.
The deported workers have also been put on a blacklist to prevent them reapplying for admittance to the Kingdom. The men had serious sexually transmitted diseases which the authorities feared may cause contamination within the Saudi population. According to the Saudi Gazette, the men were infected with contagious diseases including syphilis, hepatitis and AIDS.
The edict is strict considering it is illegal to have non-marital sex in the Kingdom. However, Saudi is not alone in its policy. The ILO Organization reports that the government of Singapore deports any foreign workers who fails the compulsory six month screening for sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS.
BioMed Central reported that collecting data on sexually transmitted diseases is difficult in countries such as Saudi Arabia where both homosexuality and non-marital sex are illegal. However reporting of such diseases has been mandatory since 1995. Foreign workers should in theory be prevented from entering the Kingdom by undergoing a rigorous medical screening in their home country when the visa application is submitted.